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Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Median pay for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.13 per hour. Total cash compensation to Ophthalmic Technicians bottoms out near $25K and approaches $48K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Ophthalmic Technicians far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although a majority have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,750 - $53,103
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,252
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$11.69 - $22.20
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,750 - $53,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,701 - $48,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $22.20  
   
Overtime
$14.10 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,701 - $48,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,157

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Optometrist. The latter position pays an average of $93K annually. A Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician is a typical transition from an Ophthalmic Technician role.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Survey results suggest that Ophthalmic Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Refraction, Medicine / Surgery, Electronic Medical Records, and Medical Photography are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Ophthalmic Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Ophthalmic Technicians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), Portland (+24 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Nashville (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Refraction
up arrow 7%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 5%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Medical Photography
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
0%

National Average
$34,000

refracting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%